David Beers

Media Democracy Days: the future of journalism

Corporate concentration and a confusing online outlook can make for grim times, panelists said. But they also encouraged optimism and engagement.

Media Democracy Days: a view into the future of journalism

A decade ago, Media Democracy Day sprung to the Vancouver cultural scene to respond to what many citizens felt was a growing problem: the rapid media concentration in Canada, and the diverse...

Tzeporah Berman gives pointers to young would-be environmental activists

At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, activist Tzeporah Berman met with a downcast Canadian Youth Delegation. Harper’s government had punched far above its weight to ensure a meaningless...

Tzeporah Berman: coming home to Vancouver

A year in Amsterdam, and now Vancouver. A few insights about relocation, biking, and what Europe does right from Greenpeace International's co-director of Climate and Energy.

News of the World dead, Rupert Murdoch news-model lives on

Canadian media show signs of adopting the Rupert Murdoch news model, one that prizes gossip and celebrity over public interest journalism.

Linda Solomon: Last Year, Next Year

Happy New Year, VO-ers!  As we're sweeping up the glitter, let's raise a final glass to the people who create the Vancouver Observer! Amidst the gang violence and political meltdowns of the last...

Tyee and Arsenal Pulp Press kick-start the holidays

It was the Tyee/Arsenal Pulp Press holiday party and the humour was as sharp as the writers, editors and publishers in attendance. Everything was off the record. Almost...

Kris Krug talks about BP oilspill and social media at Remixology

Photo of the BP oilspill by Kris Krug from his TEDx Oil Spill Expedition. Some rights reserved by kk+ ( staticphotography.com )

Media entrepreneurs brainstorm ways to create social change through technology

“All bets are off. The [old media] models have changed. The whole industry is in disarray,” photographer and social technology expert Kris Krug said at Remixology Vancouver!, a discussion panel last...